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Turkey Meatballs in Tomato-Chipotle Sauce

4 Servings

1 hour 30 minutes active

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Albóndigas en chipotle, or meatballs in chipotle sauce, is a Mexican classic. We use ground turkey (dark meat is best for flavor and texture, but white meat works, too), and we bind it with both breadcrumbs and pepper jack cheese. Additional cheese goes on after cooking for richness. Make sure to grate the pepper jack that goes into the meatballs on the small holes of a box grater so it integrates easily with the other ingredients; the cheese that goes on as garnish can be shredded on the large holes. If you’re sensitive to chili heat, start by adding only 2 chipotle chilies when making the sauce, then when adjusting the salt and pepper at the end, stir in additional minced chipotle if you’d like more kick. Serve with rice or warmed tortillas.




Don't add the meatballs to the pot without first refrigerating them. Chilling firms them up so they better retain their shape when pressure-cooked.

1 hour

30 minutes active


  • ¾

    cup fine dry breadcrumbs

  • 4

    teaspoons ground cumin


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Carol W.
November 13, 2023
The cumin pops out inthis recipe, the heat you make the way you like it.
Chris F.
August 14, 2022
A great way to make meatballs! I followed the recipe as listed and they tasted great. Loved the meatballs with flour tortillas.
Carolyn S.
November 8, 2022
Pretty Good
Could have benefitted from some more seasoning like garlic powder, etc. But overall pretty good liked that we cooked down the tomato at the end for the sauce the tortilla idea is pretty strange maybe a pasta would have been better here
Shawn R.

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Amy M.

Thumbs down. this is the first milk street recipe I really didn't like. The technique was great but the flavors - Mexican and Italian - did not go well together. I will try it again using the same technique but Italian spices.